I guarantee RESULTS!
So long as you are willing to put in honest effort, I can gurantee you will see the desired results!
I’ve been fascinated with music since I was a toddler. As a kid I would hang around the local music stores just looking at the instruments until they kicked me out.
I managed a Guitar Center store for 10 years and it was the most fun I’ve ever had with a “day job”.
Music has been a lifelong passion! And to this day I actively gig in a band - playing guitar and singing lead and backup vocals.
Tim teaches what you want to learn, at your own pace. I wanted to learn cords so I could play songs. Tim started me with easy songs and added new ones with new cords, each lesson. Before I knew it, I was playing the songs I wanted to play. Then. I wanted to learn more scales and music theory. He broke it down so it was easy to understand and to practice. Tim is knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and a great teacher for kids and adults. I thought I only wanted to learn cords, but he made me want to keep learning more. I definitely recommend him. Thanks, Tim!
I walked into my first lesson with Tim and I'll admit I was nervous. This wasn't a problem at all though as Tim made the lesson fantastic and full of appreciation, inspiration, and dedication to music. I walked out of there being able to play through some of my favorite songs. I should add that I had previous experience, but I haven't played in a minute. Thanks Tim for getting me jamming again!!
Taking lessons with Tim is awesome! He clearly has a great passion for music, as well as teaching music to others. He is an exceptional guitarist himself and does a good job passing on his skills and techniques. On top of all that he is very inspiring and easy to get along with! Highly would recommend taking guitar lessons from Tim!🎸🎶
Tim played drums for me in a college jam band way back in the day...way before I was recording hits. He’s a solid player, knows his stuff, and a really good guy.
First we need to identify what the student wants to get out of our time together. Some students want to simply learn to play the basic chords and a few songs. Other students want to master the instrument as well as other things like stage performance and presence, putting a band together, booking shows, etc. Some students need advice on what they should expect to get out of the time spent.
After the goal has been established we can then put together a gameplan and timeline to get there.
Musical instruments have been a part of my life since I was in gradeschool. My first instrument was violin in the 4th grade while simultaneously taking piano lessons. In 6th grade the violin was put aside for the trumpet. I played trumpet in concert band, jazz band, and marching band until high school graduation. My first two years in college were spend studying music...lots of classical theory, and more piano lessons.
At the age of 15, while I was playing the trumpet, I wanted to learn to play drums. So I bought a kit and took lessons for about two years. I got pretty accomplished fairly quickly and was getting gigs playing local clubs with guys 10 years older than I was.
By the time I went off to college, I was tired of trumpet, and I couldn’t move my drums into the dormitory. I had been fiddling around with the guitar on and off since about age 12, but college was when I started getting really serious with the guitar. I’ve been playing ever since.
I charge $40 for a 30 minute lesson and $60 for an hour. I will travel to the student’s home.
I work with my students based on the amount of time they are willing to put toward the activity. Hour-long lessons over 30 minute lessons are preferred....it has been my experience that the 30 minute lessons work well for younger children, but are not long enough for tweens, teens, and adults. It’s as if we just feel like we are getting warmed up and “ding”, the time is up. I also recommend weekly lessons over bi-weekly or monthly. Too much time between sessions allows for material to be forgotten.
Of course those are simply guidelines, not hard and fast rules. We will work together based on what our schedules will accommodate.
Teaching came to me by way of people I know... wanting me to teach them how I played. I was teaching friends for free when I realized I really enjoyed it - it just grew from there.
I’ve always been something of a teacher. Even in business I have always gravitated toward reaching/training roles. It’s really gratifying to help others make progress and achieve their personal goals.
I have worked with all types of students. Young kids to teenagers, 30 and 40 somethings to retirees wanting to take up a new hobby.
Any time I get on stage and bring people to smile, tap their foot, dance, applaud; it’s wonderful to help people have fun! Music is an amazing way to bring a smile to a face.
Find a teacher that is also a performer. Don’t hire someone that just has book smarts/learned it all in the classroom. You need someone that is in the trenches with you and understands the challenges faced by real players.
Beware of inexperienced players/teachers. And don’t pay $20 to $30 and hour for lessons. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is no less true in this industry than any other. Your progress will be hindered by hiring the cheapest instructor...which usually translates to the least experienced. Good instructors know that their knowledge has value. Don’t settle for anything less than what you deserve.
Think about what your goal is with the instrument. Where do you want to be with it in 3 months, 6 months, and 3-5 years down the road.
Think about the music you want to learn to play. You are much more likely to stick with it if you are learning songs you enjoy playing than something an instructor arbitrarily gives you.
How frequently can you commit to lessons, and how much time are you willing to put into practicing in between lessons? Don’t waste your valuable time and money if you are not going to make the commitment to learn.